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Reception for LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund

At each American Library Association Annual Conference a reception and fundraiser is held to benefit the Leroy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund. This year's event, sponsored by ALA President-Elect Camila Alire and the Intellectual Freedom Round Table, provides an opportunity to join other librarians who support intellectual freedom and fair employment. The reception will be held Monday, July 13, 2009, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan, North Imperial Suite, 27th Floor.

Give Input on Draft Resolution on Marriage for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered People

See Draft Resolution on Civil Marriage Equality Regardless of Sexual Orientation, this draft resolution's latest version. Please provide input on this draft resolution, which will be presented to ALA Council during the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. Send comments to Locke J Morrisey, ACRL Councilor 2007-2010/ President NCNMLG, and Larry Romans, ALA Executive Board Member.

Get the Word Out!: Libraries Lend a Hand in Tough Times!

On June 11, 2009, the Today Show ran a segment--Libraries lend a hand in tough times--on the important role libraries play during the recession, using data and resources provided by the ALA and public libraries.

The ALA Public Information Office worked with the Today Show on this segment and has followed up to encourage NBC affiliates to take up the story locally. But you can help extend the reach of this positive story in several ways:

This Just In—Again

As the editor of American Libraries Online, I’m always on the lookout for news stories to research and develop about libraries and trends affecting them. Because libraries impact just about every aspect of society, there’s an impressive daily deluge to sort through, as& the abundance of annotated links in our weekly e-newsletter American Libraries Direct attests.

Library Tool Kits from ALA's Office for Literacy and Outreach Services

The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services has created a number of useful tool kits, which are accessible from its OLOS Toolkit Directory. These tool kits address a wide range of topics, from how to assist non-English speakers and older adults, to how to support and advocate for rural and small libraries and tribal libraries, to gaming in libraries. Check these out:

ALA and the Summer of Service

See also United We Serve. June 3, 2009 Dear ALA member, The American Library Association has just been contacted by the White House in partnership with the Corporation for National Community Service to get libraries involved in the President's Summer of Service program, scheduled to launch on June 22, 2009.

This Just In--Again

As the editor of American Libraries Online, I'm always on the lookout for news stories to research and develop about libraries and trends affecting them. Because libraries impact just about every aspect of society, there's an impressive daily deluge to sort through, as the abundance of annotated links in our weekly e-newsletter American Libraries Direct attests.

WiFi at Annual Conference

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels made two announcments to staff this morning regarding the availablility of WiFi during the ALA Annual Conference here in Chicago, July 9-15.

WiFi at Annual Conference

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels made two announcements to staff this morning regarding the availability of WiFi during the ALA Annual Conference here in Chicago, July 9-15.

Check Out the New & Improved Ilovelibraries.org!

Ilovelibraries.org, the American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Web site for the public, has been updated to make it easier than ever to show your love of libraries. The site continues to feature news about libraries from around the country, with a focus on particular services and collections from all types of libraries. Improvements include an updated look and information about library issues in an expanded “Get Informed” section.

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